After years of working on the poems,
after signing off on the final proof,
after burning the owl-high stack of manuscript versions,
after disposing of every last ashen comma and colon,
after the boxes containing the books arrived at my door,
after the boxes containing the books were opened,
and, after eyeing and drinking in the realization that The Minuses is in print! is published! books are in hand!
I’m resting on my laurels*.
- *After spontaneously using this phrase, I did a bit of reading on the orgin of the laurel wreath and its associates in Greek mythology, namely Eros, the god of love, Apollo, patron of archery, and Daphne, a river nymph. The story: Apollo made fun of Eros’ use of arrows, so Eros took revenge by shooting Apollo with a gold arrow, instilling him with love for Daphne, and shot Daphne with a lead arrow, instilling her with hatred for Apollo. To be free of him, Daphne was turned into a laurel tree, which is evergreen because Apollo rendered it thus. Fashioning himself a wreath out of the laurel branches, Apollo turned Daphne into a cultural symbol for him and other musicians and poets. Rather perfect, yes?
Current mood: a yellow rose and desert monsoon, gratitude-infusion!
Thank you bows to my publisher: Stephanie G’Schwind; the photographer of the cover image: Liz Kemp, and the horizon of poets, who offered their endorsements to the book: Gillian Conoley, Claudia Keelan, and Daphne Marlatt.
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Beautiful!!! Congratulations, you are my….laureat. When can I get your book? When can we talk? Missing you, I had a good time in Tucson but it’s been frankly too long, J. Book a reading in mtl and come dance for 3 days in ?May? Bise M
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Merci beaucoup, mon cher, Martin! Ah-ha! You got it–“laureate” takes its origins from “laurel” and the Greek myth. Of course, I am honored to be your appinted laureate. Order The Minuses here: https://coloradoreview.colostate.edu/books/the-minuses/. More under separate cover. Bise. J